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Activities
  • 6 day guided walk
Accommodation
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

6 Days£1840GBP

Overview

Trip Code: ILS

Trip highlights


  • Combine tow of Iceland's best known hikes, the Laugavegur Trail and a section of the Fimmvörðuháls Trek
  • Crossing the third largest geothermal zone in the world
  • Experiencing the dramatic landscape and natural beauty of this classic trail
  • Staying in rustic mountain huts
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow walkers

Combine two of Iceland's best known hiking trails, the Laugavegur Trail which offers all the colours of the rainbow over the course hike and the Fimmvörðuháls Trek. Beginning in the geothermal valley of Landmannalaugar in the southern highlands the route heads south past small gorges to the Þórsmörk valley. Arriving at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull volcano which last errupted in 2010 and whose crater is completely covered by an icecap, marks one of the many highlights of the trip. The trail then crosses the third biggest geothermal zone in the world where steaming hot springs are dotted through the landscape, over the yellow rhyolite mountains, through black deserts, past great canyons and into the green valley of Thórsmörk. Two days longer than our popular Laugavegur Trail guided walk takes you through the magical landscapes of Goðalönd – the abode of the Gods where a multitude of flowers and grasses cover the cliffs and glaciers, volcanoes and lava streams occupy the view. After hiking up to the fascinating terrain of Fimmvörðuháls and back to Básar, Þórsmörk, you will end your 6-day trek with a short hike in the oasis of Þórmörk. Throughout this guided trip you will stay in mountain huts, with your luggage transferred daily.

Countries:

Iceland

Starting Point:

Reykjavik


Itinerary

Meet your guide and group in Reykjavik early this morning (approx 6.30am). We take the early bus (7am) that drives along the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and others volcanoes in the Domadalur area. Arriving in Landmannalaugar around noon, we have lunch then walk south into the mountains. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. We arrive at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut in the late afternoon. Distance: 12km/7.5mi, ascent: 470m/1542ft

Meals:  L,D

From Hrafntinnusker we descend into the gullies of Jökultungur, with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Enjoy inspiring views to the south to the Álftavatn area (Swan Lake) and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In the afternoon we arrive at Álftavatn hut where we stay overnight. Distance: 12km/7.5 mi, descent: 490m/1608ft

Meals:  B,L,D

We pass the foot of the green conic volcano of Stórasúla before entering the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, the Hattfell, we enter the Emstrur region where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. Before arriving at the Botnar hut, where we stay the night, we visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon cut almost 200m into the rocks south of Hattfell. Distance: 16km/10mi, descent: 40m/131ft

Meals:  B,L,D

We continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises only a couple of kilometres away. At the end of the day the vegetation starts to grow thicker and higher as we descend in to Þórsmörk's (the woods of Thor) green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colourful flowers. We cross the river Krossá on a footbridge entering the magic landscapes of Goðalönd, the abode of the Gods. Nesting at the foot of two glaciers this is a wonderland of ridges and cliffs covered by a multitude of flowers and grasses, certainly fit for gods and humans alike. Even the elves have made themselves at home here. We spend the night in the Básar hut. Distance: 18km/11mi, descent: 300m/985ft

Meals:  B,L,D

We continue up the hills leading to the pass of Fimmvörðuháls, walking along the Kattarhryggir ridges with views to the impressive mountain of Útigönguhöfði up to Morinsheiði heath. At the end of the Morinsheiði plateau we enjoy the view of the lava stream that flowed down from the Fimmvörðuháls volcano in early 2010. The lava is all set with different outlets of fuming steam and decorated with green and yellow sulphur. As we gain height above Morinsheiði we come again to the lava and then to the two craters Magni and Móði that erupted prior to the main Eyjafjallajökull crater. We head back to Þórsmörk with the magnificent view over the glaciers and this beautiful valley for our celebration barbeque dinner and night in Básar Hut. Distance: 20km/12.5 mi, ascent: 900m/2953ft

Meals:  B,L,D

We spend the last day in Þórsmörk, the hiker’s paradise, where we have an abundance of choices between various paths. For example, we can visit the Sönghellir cave (“Song cave”), climb up the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where the magnificent views can be enjoyed, or hike into the beautifully carved canyon Stakkholtsgjá. This oasis between the mountains is also an ideal place to relax and just enjoy nature. Return to Reykjavik in the afternoon. Distance: 5-8km/ 3-5mi

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Special diets can be catered for on request (e.g. vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free diet) however a supplement will apply. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking.
  • 5 nights in mountain huts on a multishare basis
  • experienced English speaking walking guide for 7 days
  • cooking gear
  • daily luggage transfer day, max 15kg per person, no hard suitcases
  • transport from Reykjavik to the start of the trip, and from the end of the trip back to Reykjavik

  • Travel to and from your home country to the start and end of the trip
  • transport to and from the meeting point in Reykjavik
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Accommodation in Reykjavik
  • Travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag. Available for hire (must be pre-paid)
  • showers in huts (payable locally)
  • Special dietary surcharge (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free) - supplement applies

Accommodation


Suitability

moderate

3

The trip involves daily walks of up to seven hours per day. There are some hills but most are moderate, and a few steep sections which require care - but on average the trail is a descent. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to with time to stop and take photos. You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. Weather conditions may be harsh at times and you will need to be comfortable walking in such conditions. We suggest up to one hour of strenuous exercise 3-4 times a week. The total walking distance is up to 86km (53 miles), at altitudes between 150-1100m (490-3600 feet). The maximum ascent is 1000m (3280 feet).


Departure dates


Notes

DN1
Sleeping bag is required for all departures. Hire facility is available.
DN2
All of the huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have dormitories with single and twin beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group

Total Priceper person from

£1840GBP

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